Wine Watch Gift Box Selections for 2017 - The Best of 2017!

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"Never spare the parson's wine nor the baker's pudding" - Benjamin Franklin


 


The month of November is almost gone which means our normal schedule of drinking and dining is over and we are shifting into gift box mode here at the Wine Watch.  But we still have two more events before the end of this year.


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We have a vintage Krug Champagne tasting this Friday night and a make-up Vintage Port tasting on Saturday night to finish up the year!  Check out the line-up for these two events on our calendar of events- we have a few seats left for each tasting!


Now it’s Wine Watch Gift box time!


 


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The gift of a Wine Watch gift box is truly a reflection of your sophistication.  Every wine chosen for the gift box program is selected for its overall quality and value.  I taste thousands of wines at my desk during the year and travel the world to discover new selections as well.  Wine Watch is the most unique wine boutique anywhere and the same is true of our gift box presentation. Each wine in our gift box program is accompanied by a winery profile. The collection of winery profiles are bound into an album and included with your gift box along with a custom made Wine Watch gift card.


We have a selection of 30 gift boxes here below and if you do not see something that you like we can make a custom box for you and remember we have single bottle boxes we can make any single bottle in the store look amazing in our branded wooden box with profile album and customized matching gift card.


Remember everything that we do is done by hand so we may run a day or two behind processing orders this time of the year, so get yours to us as early as possible so we can get your gift delivered in time for the holidays. 


We will be back to our normal schedule of drinking the world’s greatest wines after the holidays are over, for a complete list of what’s coming up next year check out our calendar of events on our web page we already have a few dozen events on the calendar for 2018!


 


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Wine Watch Gift Box Selections 2017


 


Twelve and Ten Bottle Gift Boxes


 


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Blockbuster Case #17A1

Price: $525.00


This case features the best we have tasted this year, twelve wines that are worthy of the cellar and that pose exceptional quality on par with wines of double the price or more. The winners this year:


1. Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013


2. Ch Duluc 2nd Branaire Ducru St Julien 2010


3. Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola 2011


4. Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Napa  2015


5. De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch 2014


6. Three Sticks Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills The James 2014


7. Diamandes chardonnay Reserve Mendoza 2014


8. Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley  2015


9. G De Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc 2014


10. San Salvatore Trentenare Fiano Paestum 2013


11. De Morenzon Chenin Blanc Reserve Stellenbosch 2016


12. Paul Blank Riesling Furstentum Grand Cru Alsace 2014
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Best Value Case #17A2

Price: $295.00


The wines in this box are some of the hardest to pick as the budget is limited to everyday prices, but these twelve wines prove that you can still fine excellent values all over the world. Our dynamic dozen this year includes:


1. Bodegas Luzon Altos de Luzon Jumilla 2012


2. Sleight of Hand Conjurer Red Blend 2015


3. Foley Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa 2014


4. Hahn Pinot Noir SLH Santa Lucia Highlands 2015


5. DiamAndes Perlita Malbec-Syrah Mendoza 2015


6. Vietti Barbera Tre Vigne 2015


7. Paul Cluver Chardonnay South Africa 2014


8. Andriano Sauvignon Floreado DOC 2014


9. Chalone Pinot Blanc Estate Grown Chalone 2012


10. Domaine Des Valanges Macon - Prisse "Le Clos" 2015


11. Graham Beck Chenin Blanc Game Reserve South Africa 2015


12. Clos Du Val Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2013


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Bordeaux Lovers 10 Pack #17A3


Price: $1495.00


Bordeaux sets the standard when it comes to collectibles; its ability to age is second to none. Bordeaux is a must for any serious wine collectors cellar and here are a ten wines that represent some of the best that each of these major regions of Bordeaux has to offer.  There are wines that are drinking at their peak in these selections and there are wines that can be cellared for another decade or more in this mixed case.

1. 2010 Chateau Croix Mouton 20 Mille De Janoueix Bordeaux Superieur


2. 2010 Ch Duluc 2nd Branaire Ducru St Julien


3. 2008 Chateau La Dominique St. Emilion


4. 2000 Chateau Barde Haut St Emilion


5. 2009 Chateau Quinault L'Enclos St Emilion  


6. 2000 Chateau Grand Mayne St Emilion


7. 1982 Chateau Leoville Las Cases St. Julien


8. 1982 Chateau L'Evangile Pomerol


9. 2011 Baron de Brane Cantenac Margaux


10. 2010 Chateau Cote De Baleau Saint Emilion
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Cabernet Sauvignon Lovers Dream Gift Box 10 Pack #17A4

Price: $575.00


What can we say about Cabernet Sauvignon other than it is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Their gorgeous forward fruit make them appealing when young and the best wines from California, Bordeaux, South Africa and Argentina have the ability to age for 20 years or more in your cellar. Here are 10 that are sure to be a hit this year and beyond.


1. Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013


2. Ch Duluc 2nd Branaire Ducru St Julien 2010


3. Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn Napa 2014


4. Foley Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014


5. Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2014


6. Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014


7. Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo 2015


8. Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2014


9. De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch 2014


10. Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2016


 


Six and Five Bottle Gift Boxes
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Ultimate Six Pack #17B1
Price: $675.00


When only the best will do, the ultimate six-pack is the answer for you. Here we have six wines that are the best in their class this year.


1. Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014

2. Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013

3. Paul Blank Riesling Furstentum Grand Cru 2014

4. Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 2005

5. Chateau Pape Clement Pessac Leognan 2000

6. Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2014
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Cabernet Lovers Dream #17B2
Price: $395.00


Cabernet Sauvignon loves company and your drinking buddies will love these six delectable treats from California, Washington State, South Africa and Argentina over the holidays.


1. Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2014

2. Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014

3. Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo 2015

4. Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2014

5. De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch 2014

6. Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013
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Five Most Excellent Reds #17B3
Price: $289.00


Red wines come in many different flavors, this box celebrates many different varieties and five different countries as well.


1. Three Sticks Pinot Noir The James Santa Rita Hills 2014

2. Craggy Range Le Sol Hawks Bay 2011

3. Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013

4. Cuvelier de Los Andes Grand Vin Mendoza 2012

5. Ch Duluc 2nd Branaire Ducru St Julien 2010
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Dinner Party Box #17B4

Price: $275.00


We will supply you with all you need to prepare a six-course dinner party. Box does not include: chef, food ingredients or stem ware. Included in this box is inspiration for food and wine parings by Fiona Beckett's Wine.


1. Clos Du Val Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2013

2. Lanson Black Label Champagne Brut NV

3. Three Sticks Pinot Noir James 2014

4. Dionigi Sagrantino Di Montefalco Passito 2008 (375ml) 

5. Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013

6. La Spinetta Nebbiolo Langhe 2014
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Six Top Imports #17B5

Price: $269.00


This box shows the most diversity in terms of different varietals and styles of wine. Different varietals and distinctive terroir make the wines in this box appropriate for those that like to adventure outside the norm.


1. San Salvatore Fiano Paestum 2013

2. Paul Blank Riesling Furstentum Grand Cru 2014

3. Paul Cluver Chardonnay South Africa 2014

4. Cuvelier de Los Andes Gran Vin Mendoza 2012

5. Corte Alla Flora Pugnitella 2012

6. Craggy Range Le Sol Hawks Bay 2011
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Gang of Five #17B6

Price: $195.00


I have four brothers so when I grew there had to be five of everything. These five will not cause trouble or empty out the fridge, they will only relax you and make you happy.


1. Clos Du Val Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2013

2. Corte alla Flora Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Riserva 2012

3. San Salvatore Fiano Paestum 2013

4. Three Sticks Pinot Noir James 2014

5. Foley Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2014


Three Bottle Gift Boxes


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Collectors Pack #17C1
Price: $975.00


When it comes to the classics, the wines of France are hard to beat.  In this box we have three great producers from the motherland for blue Chip Collectibles Burgundy and Bordeaux all from older vintages that are now drinking at or near their peak, these bottles are ready to enjoy tonight!


1. Domaine Rossignol Trapet Latricières-Chambertin 2003

2. Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres 2005

3. Chateau L'Evangile Pomerol 1982
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Jimmy's Gems #17C2

Price: $195.00


This box pays tribute to one of the great California wine experts/advocates, the late Jimmy Mancbach. Jimmy knew the back roads of California wine country like no one else. All of the selections in this box were first brought to South Florida by our good friend Jimmy. Cheers Jimmy- we miss you!


1. Three Sticks Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2014

2. Etude Pinot Noir Grace Benoit 2014

3. Vine Cliff Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014
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Three 100 Point Reds #17C3

 Price: $2775.00




These three red wines are among the top wines from their prospective regions, in Bordeaux they call they "first growths", in the Italy they call them "bellísimo" and in the U.S. we call them KILLER wines.  All three of these scored 100 Points from the Wine Advocate!


1. 2014 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard


2. 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac


3. 2001 Ornellaia Masseto Tuscany
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Napa Valley Trio #17C4
Price: $179.00


There is a reason why Napa Valley is the largest tourist attraction in the state of California.  They make GREAT wines there! Here are three of my top picks from Napa Valley this year.


1. Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn Napa 2014

2. Grgich Hills Chardonnay Napa 2014 40th Anniversary

3. Duckhorn Merlot Napa 2014
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Three Top Imports #17C5
Price: $150


The U.S. still offers the best selection of quality wines from all over the world. We can be patriotic and still enjoy the best that the rest of the world has to offer, here are three globe trotters that are sure to please.


1. Cuvelier de Los Andes Grand Vin Mendoza 2012

2. Ch Duluc 2nd Branaire Ducru St Julien 2010

3. De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch 2014
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Three Great Whites #17C6






Price: $159.00


We may be a little slanted toward red in this shop but here is a small token of our appreciation for great white wines. These three wines display cellar worthy quality and will bring out the white wine lover in you.


1. De Morenzon Chenin Blanc Reserve Stellenbosch 2016


2. Three Sticks Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2014


3. Paul Blank Riesling Furstentum Grand Cru 2014


 


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Champagne Lovers Box #17C7

List Price: $169.00

If I were to be asked what three wines I would wat at my last supper:  1- would be champagne 2- would be Barolo and the third I would have to think about but one of the things that I love about Champagne is that you can have it for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Late Night.  Here are three that will not disappoint serious lovers of the bubbles.


1. NV Lanson Black Label Champagne Brut

2. NV Champagne Jeeper Brut Grand Assemblage

3. NV Taittiner Brut La Francaise Champagne


Two Bottle Gift Boxes


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The Closer #17D1

Price: $179




Many of great deals have been closed over a bottle or two of great wine. Here are two bottles that are deal closers, when only the best will do.


1. Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014


2. Three Sticks Chardonnay Durell Ranch 2014


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New Zealand Versus Australia Shiraz Showdown 17D2
Price: $119.00


Australia and New Zealand are two of the most incredible wine producing countries that I have visited and this gift box pays tribute to our English speaking wine producing nations.  Ok it may be hard to understand their funny accents but they make great wines.


1. Craggy Range Le Sol Hawks Bay 2011

2. Turkey Flat Shiraz Barossa 2013


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Top Red and White 17D3
Price: $95.00


Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape varietal on the planet Earth and with good reason- wine drinking people like it!  Chardonnay is the most widely planted white varietal and although there are a few haters out there its not the Chardonnay they don't like it’s the oak.  Both of these are the best that we can offer in these two popular varietals this year.  A big bold Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley from our one of this country's top vintners and a single vineyard Chardonnay that has just the right touch of lightly toasted oak spice.


1 Three Sticks Chardonnay Durrell Vineyard 2014

2. Paul Hobbs CROSSBARN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014
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South Africa with Love #17D4
Price: $89.00


These two wines can be considered to be among the best values in the world of fine wine with South Africa emerging as one of the world leaders today.  Paul Cluver is making some of the best Burgundian style Chardonnay in South African and De Toren is the leading figure in terms of Bordeaux blends.   Check out these two new stars from South Africa and if you are planning a trip to one of the World's most beautiful wine regions let us know we now have a few good friends here.


1. Paul Cluver Chardonnay Elgin 2014

2. De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch 2014
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Awesome Twosome #17D5
Price: $79.00


There is a reason why Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most popular wines in their category- these two varietals produce some of the most age worthy wines on the planet Earth.  Both varietals thrive in a number of wine producing countries and although they maybe relative newcomers to the state of California you can find some of the best examples here.


1. Foley Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2014

2. Paul Hobbs CROSSBARN Chardonnay Sonoma 2016


Cabernet Sauvignon Versus Merlot #17D6
Price: $65


These two wineries are always on our radar and the varietals that are the most popular today among both average consumers and wine connoisseurs alike are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted wine on Earth for a reason and Merlot is right behind it in terms of acres produced.


Matanzas Creek Merlot Sonoma 2013

Steele Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills Mendocino 2014


 


Best Value Twosome #17D7
Price: $49


We taste thousands of wines to get to the best values of the year as it gets harder and harder to find wines that are in the $20 and under price range that really satisfy.  Here are two that over deliver, which is the best thing about a value.


1. Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015

2. Pulenta Estate Chardonnay Mendoza 2015


Collectors Gift Boxes


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Ultimate Dinner Party Box #17E1


Price: $4500




This is the box for those that want to experience the ultimate in decadence.  These five legendary wines are for serious connoisseurs and for those that want to experience the best that the world of wine has to offer.


1. Krug Vintage Champagne 1990


2. Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Grand Cru 2013


3. Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru 1996


4. Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1982


5. Chateau D'yquem Sauternes 2011


California Cult Box #17E2

Price: $1795.00


The cult wines of California has continued their rise to fame as the top producers like the ones in this box have continued to gain in price despite the slumping economy. Here are five wines that are among the elite in California.


1. 2014 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Tokalon

2. 2006 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 

3. 2002 Verite Le Desire Sonoma 

4. 2011 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvigon Napa

5. 2003 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa


Bordeaux Treasures #17E3

Price: $3175.00


Bordeaux produces some of the longest lived wines in the world here are six classics that will appreciate in quality and value in your cellar all from the outstanding 1982 vintage!


1. Chateau L'Evangile Pomerol 1982

2. Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1982

3. Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc 1982

4. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St. Julien 1982

5. Chateau Leoville Las Cases St. Julien 1982


The Best of Italy #17E4

Price: $1495.00


Italy offers the most diverse array of grape varietals on Earth and many of them can produce wines at a very high level of quality.  This box contains five bottles that are among the best that this country has to offer. 


1. Valdicava Madonna Del Piano Riserva Brunello Di Montalcino 2006

2. Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì Tildìn 2007

3. Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine 2013

4. Castello Dei Rampolla Vigna D'Alceo Tuscany 2001

5. Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1998


Australian Shiraz #17E5

Price: $795.00


After making two trips to Australia I can personally attest to the fact that they are making some of the best wines that the world has to offer.  We have five amazing Shiraz here from the Barossa and McLaren Vale.


1. Hazyblur Shiraz Barossa 2004 

2. Turkey Flat Shiraz Barossa 2013

3. Penfolds Grange Shiraz South Australia 1999 

4. Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2014


5. Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Duck Muck Heathcote 2000


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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